While it's been speculated on for a few months, the news is finally official: Emma Watson will be playing Belle in the live action musical version of Beauty and the Beast! The script is written by Perks of Being a Wall-Flower director and writer Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be directed by Bill Condon, who worked on Dreamgirls and Chicago. As much as some people hate live action, I am so excited for this! This isn't the only Disney flick coming to live action (Cinderella is set to come out in March, and The Jungle Book is underways, too). From the trailers of Cinderella, it seems to me that they're going to be SO well done! And, even if they're not as great as the original, they'll be fun to watch a few times. Anyways, as you can see from Watson's FB post, she is so psyched to get to be Belle, and I'm psyched to see her as Belle! I can't wait for the first trailer, though I fear that might be a long way out. The film isn't even scheduled to go into production until later this year!!